Nature And Environment

Donald Trump's Defence Secretary James Mattis says US 'won't Forget debt' to Australia

Australian military leaders are looking to draw on their strong ties with the new US Defence Secretary to help guide the longstanding ANZUS alliance through the uncertain Trump era.Senior Defence figures have described General Mattis as a "sensible" and "sane" figure in the new US administration with a deep affection for Australia, who could act as a "foil" against President Donald Trump ....

Deadly Mulga Snake Slithers Into Car for 500km Road Trip in Central Australia

Two men have had a nervous 500-kilometre journey to Alice Springs after they saw one of Australia's deadliest snakes crawl into the engine of their car shortly before they headed off. Alice Springs snake catcher Rex Neindorf said the men, who drove for 500km with a 1.4-metre-long, highly venomous snake in their car, were lucky to be alive. Mr Neindorf, who runs the Alice Springs Reptil ....

Wildlife Witness: Australian App Helping Tourists Join Global Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

An Australian-built app to report and crack down on wildlife trafficking is helping authorities fight back against a surge in the illegal global trade. Taronga Zoo's Wildlife Witness app has generated more than 500 intelligence reports in the last year and proved so successful that it is now going global. The app allows tourists and locals to report the illegal wildlife trade by taking a photo, ....

Secret of How Peacocks Shake Their Tail Feathers to Hypnotise a Mate Revealed

Male peacocks fan their colourful rear feathers and shake them, but somehow keep their plumes' iridescent circles, or eyespots, nearly still, like a fixed stare. Key pointsPeacock tail feathers beat on average 25 times a second, creating low-frequency soundRapid movement creates luminescence around eyespot on tail featherEyespots are locked together with microhooks so they stay still It's a tr ....

Fukushima: Radiation higher than ever, threatens Earth

Reports from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, say that measurements of radioactive tritium in seawater – seeping out of the nuclear complex via groundwater into the sea – show levels at 4700 becquerels per liter, the highest tritium level in the measurement history. The highest tritium levels have come in the past 15 day ....

Fukushima clean-up may be doomed

Across much of Fukushima’s rolling green countryside they descend on homes like antibodies around a virus, men wielding low-tech tools against a very modern enemy: radiation. Power hoses, shovels and mechanical diggers are used to scour toxins that rained down from the sky 30 months ago. The job is exhausting, expensive and, say some, doomed to failure.  Today, a sweating four-man crew wear ....

Alberta Tar Sands: Canada targets Environmental Activists

Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades.  The Obama administration initially appeared ready to approve Keystone XL, but an unprecedented wave of act ....

Bear obeys bartender's command, leaves Alaska ba

JUNEAU, Alaska (MSN) - If only all unwelcome bar guests were this obliging. A black bear walked into the bar at the Alaskan Hotel in downtown Juneau on Monday night. Bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy says she freaked out and yelled, "No bear! Get out! No! You can't be in here!" The bear complied, leaving the bar within seconds. State biologist Ryan Scott says it's rare for ....

Biomass Energy Project launched to promote sustainable energy

  A 1.82 million dollar project with additional 5.30 million USD as co-finance will be implemented in Kamoke, Jhelum, and Thatta for demonstration projects of 4.3 MW from biomass gasification technology and is funded by Global Environmental Facility. The Project is implemented in partnership with Centre for Energy Systems –NUST, PPAF, SMEDA, private sector and Provincial Energy Depart ....

Tablets grow in popularity on campus

(NC) -- Professors are accustomed to seeing laptops in post secondary classrooms and lecture halls. Technology trends and capabilities can change rapidly as tablets are beginning to replace laptops on campus.

“The majority of my students use laptops in class but I've been seeing increasingly more tablets in lectures,” says English professor Jason Stevens. “Students use their tablets l ....

Strathmore Lodge staff to lose wages and pension plan

(CUPE) -- Staff providing home care services at Strathmore Lodge have been given termination notices after Alberta Health Services (AHS) decided to contract the service to Bayshore Home Health, a for-profit health care provider. Strathmore Lodge is a facility in Strathmore Alberta run by Wheatland Housing, a not-for-profit agency. The lodge provides both long term care and assisted living servi ....